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Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

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The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.

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Billy Crystal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Buddy Young Jr.
David Paymer ... Stan
Julie Warner ... Elaine
Helen Hunt ... Annie Wells
Mary Mara ... Susan
Jerry Orbach ... Phil Gussman
Ron Silver ... Larry Meyerson
Sage Allen Sage Allen ... Mom
Jason Marsden ... Buddy - Age 15
Michael Weiner ... Stan - Age 18
Larry Gelman ... Mr. Gimbel
Kay Freeman Kay Freeman ... Mrs. Gimbel
Howard Mann Howard Mann ... Stage Manager
Julius Branca Julius Branca ... Stage Manager
Liz Georges Liz Georges ... Script Girl
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Storyline

Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that the rest of the world has forgotten the golden days of Buddy Young, and that there just may not be room in the business for an old comic like himself. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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It's lonely at the middle. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Komödiant - Mr. Saturday Night See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,351,357
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marisa Tomei auditioned for the part of Buddy's wife, Elaine, but was deemed too young for the role. Tomei later played Billy Crystal's daughter in Parental Guidance (2012). See more »

Goofs

When Stan is at the restaurant telling Buddy he wants to retire, the boom microphone is visible while Stan is saying his kids are down in Florida. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Young, Jr.: For me, my family was like, uh, Dances With Jews. Oh sure, we had names for our relatives like they had in that movie.
Reporter: What do you mean?
Buddy Young, Jr.: Well, we had "Eats With His Hands," "Spits When He Talks," "Makes Noise When He Bends," "Sweats Like a Pig," "Whines In a Cab," "Never Buys Retail," "Shaves His Back."
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Connections

References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Something New
Written by Albert Gamse and Nilo Menendez
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Interesting story of a comic
22 November 2002 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Billy Crystal plays an old comedian Buddy Young who wants to have what he once had but people seem to have forgotten Buddy.So is it time to retire?Crystal directed this dramatic comedy in 1992 and it is filled with great actors.Crystal in the lead is amazing.David Paymer plays Buddy's brother Stan and Helen Hunt is Annie.The legendary comedian Joseph Levitch, better known as Jerry Lewis, makes a visit as himself in the movie.Mr. Saturday Night is a movie that in parts makes you smile and in parts brings tears to you eyes.


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